Imperva, pioneering the third pillar of enterprise security, fills the gaps in endpoint and network security by directly protecting high-value applications and data assets in physical and virtual data centers. With an integrated security platform built specifically for modern threats, Imperva data center security provides the visibility and control needed to neutralize attack, theft, and fraud from inside and outside the organization, mitigate risk, and streamline compliance. Over 3,000 customers in more than 75 countries rely on our SecureSphere® platform to safeguard their business. Imperva is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California.
Founded in November 2002 by Shlomo Kramer, Amichai Shulman and Mickey Boodaei, Imperva delivers a security platform[clarification needed] that offers real-time and automated protection against data loss and theft.
The company’s key innovation was the development of the data security and compliance solution, SecureSphere—an appliance that protects web applications from online attacks, secures business-critical databases and files, and mitigates vulnerabilities across all areas of data.
Imperva has received a total of $53.7M in venture capital funding, including over $20M in its Series D round in April 2008.
Imperva spins off Incapsula, a cloud-based web application firewall service targeted at small companies.
Introduced Virtual Data Security Suite
Introduced File Security Family
Introduced ThreatRadar To Mitigate Automated, Industrialized Cyber Attacks
Featured on the front page of the New York Times for a study of 32 million breached passwords.
SecureSphere Achieves Common Criteria Certification
ICSA Labs certified Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall
Extends operations in Asia.
Techworld names SecureSphere a winner for Network Application Product of the Year
RSA Secured Partner Program Certification
Imperva Ships 1,000th SecureSphere Appliance
Extends Operations into Europe
Yankee Group Names Imperva "Market Leader" in Web Application Firewalls
Imperva Delivers First True Gigabit Application Firewall Solution
Imperva Unveils SecureSphere Web Application Security Appliances WebCohort, Inc. Changes Company Name to Imperva, Inc.
Shipped first version of SecureSphere
Imperva’s belief is that an organization’s most important asset today is data—customer, financial and intellectual property, each of which need to be protected from insiders and hackers. To protect data, Imperva claims to have built a data security suite to protect both structured and unstructured data:
To keep data from hackers, Imperva offers a web application firewall. In 2010, the Verizon Databreach report cited that 50% of data breaches were due to external hackers.
To stop insiders, Imperva offers database protection known as database activity monitoring (DAM). According to the 2008 Verizon Business’ Data Breach Investigations Report, cyber attacks targeting databases accounted for 75 percent of all records compromised in 2008. For unstructured data, Imperva offers a file protection known as file activity monitoring (FAM).
Imperva has published a detailed company mission overview.
Imperva’s Database security solutions secure sensitive data stored in databases against compromises of their confidentiality, integrity and availability by providing full visibility into data usage, vulnerabilities and access rights to security, audit and risk professionals. The company enables customers to optimize the deployment by combining remote assessment scans, agent-based monitoring and network activity monitoring.
Imperva’s File Security solutions protect sensitive files on file servers, storage devices, and content repositories, as well as provide full visibility into data ownership, usage and access rights, which according to Gartner’s Neil MacDonald is crucial to improving file data security.
Imperva has a dedicated research team, the Application Defense Center (ADC) that actively researches current threats and hacker trends. Notably, the ADC launched a Hacker Intelligence Initiative that has helped illuminate hacker activity and organization. They have contributed a lot to helping understand hacker technology and activities: